2ND LEAD (UPDATE)

Colombo schemes Sinhalicised capital for North

[TamilNet, Monday, 28 June 2010, 05:52 GMT]
Similar to the Sinhalicisation of Trincomalee, the capital of the East, Colombo plans for a new, Sinhalicised capital for the North too at Ki'linochchi, administrative sources working for Colombo on the project said. Ki'linochchi is being prepared for that with an extensive military cantonment with permanent houses for military personnel, cultivation lands for them, an airstrip at Ira'naimadu, new Buddhist temples and by not allowing the local population to their lands. For every three people there is one military personnel at present. When resettled, the local Tamils will be herded into pockets and there will be a new population, considerably Sinhalicised, the sources said adding that with the completion of the plot, there won’t be even one city or administrative centre existing for Tamils in the island.

Colombo’s announced Thursday that its decision to hold cabinet meetings at provincial level will be first demonstrated at Ki'linochchi, next month.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s army commander Jagath Jayasuriya and other military top brass who visited the Buddhist prelate of the Mahasangha’s Asgiriya Chapter, assured him that the establishment of permanent camps for security forces in the ‘liberated North and East’ were well in progress, The Island said Saturday.

The farms and land, which were under the LTTE, were now taken over by the government and were made use of for ‘development’ projects, the army chief told the Mahanayaka Thero adding that the security forces in the permanent camps are provided with all the basic facilities to make life comfortable for them.

According to Sri Lanka Army website, the SLA Commander told both the prelates of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters of Maha Sangha that "army personnel arriving in those areas for duty are to be provided permanent houses and allowed to engage in cultivation work if they so desire. A large segment of the Army, including the Engineer Services are constructing highways, bridges, houses, factories, etc in those areas and this will save a lot of money for the government."

The prelate, pleased with what is going on in the North and East, stressed on maximum facilities to the forces of occupation and told the army commander of the need to protect the country’s land from ‘several other groups’ that are funded by foreign countries to purchase land and expand their population in the island.

Having permanent houses, cultivation lands and seeking women to have progeny, Sri Lanka will be having a new kind of 'ethnicised army' of colonisation in the Tamil homeland, concerned Tamil circles commented.

This is what the 'political solution' enacted by the powers and 'Strategic Partners' by tilting the security balance of Tamils, they further said.

SLA Commander with Asgiriya Mahanayake
SLA Commander with the prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Maha Sangha [Photo courrtesy: army.lk]

 

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